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2010 Municipal Elections – Intelligent Vote
Know the Candidates for Syndics and What They Do

By Oliver Perez Picado

VON consulted each one of the candidates for syndic for the districts of Nosara, Nicoya and Samara about their priorities and the work they plan to accomplish in the communities.

Alexis Cabalceta, PUSC“My function will be to work with honesty for the town and not for my benefit; my priority will be that recreation centers are built in this district so the youth don’t set their sights on other harmful temptations.”
Marcos Avila,
PLN“I will work toward building the pólice delegation and the multipurpose hall.”
Silvina Dalorzo Enríquez, PASE“I will go with desire that this district receives respect, because we give a lot of money to the municipality and it should be repaid in works. I’m going to work to have a sanitary landfill with conditions that don’t generate pollution.”
María Santos Zúñiga, PAC“I would promote by means of the Canton’s Sports Committee more investment in the zone in athletic fields so the youth have a dignified space to practice and that Garza has its soccer field.”
Margreth Mendoza, ML“The first thing I want to do is repair the Ebais and advocate for the families that suffer every year with floods so that the problem is resolved, whether that means relocating them or preventing that the river inundates them.”


José Carlos Arredondo Guevara, PUSC
“One of the big problems is the slowness with which the replacement of the cemetery and of the garbage dump has been managed.”

Olga Chavarría Acuña, PLNIt wasn’t possible to locate her.

Antonio Peña Zúñiga, PASE
“That the streets in San Martin are given the maintenance that they require during the year. The money that the municipality has should be invested in the roadways.”

Marielos Zamora, PAC“To support the negotiations in the development of actions for the protection of the rivers, such as the paddock and forests, which are the sources of water.”

Keylor Briceño Cardenas, ML
“I would take responsibility that the budget is invested in the communities and that the district Councils work hand in hand with the communities.”

Luis Acosta Fajardo, PUSC
“The priority with which I would come to the municipality is to fight so a new aqueduct is constructed in San Fernando and that they authorize the cemetery and the sports plaza.”
Bonifacio Diaz Zúñiga, PLN
“To ask for more police presence and to give incentive for the development of tourism, offering the investor peace and security.”
Alfonso Díaz Mendoza, PASE
“One of my priorities is to look for help for the families in the communities of El Silencio, Chinampa and San Fernando. Another of my proposals is to support elderly adults, whom many have been forgetten”
Virginia Angulo, PAC
“That they put the Maritime Land Zone in order, in agreement with what the law establishes and to help to negotiate with the families that require a housing assistance.”
Toribio Herrnandez Castrillo, ML
“To attract more tourism to the zone and provide a solution to the problema of the garbage.”

Syndic hopefuls aspire to decentralize the Municipality

By Oliver Pérez

Next Sunday, December 5, five political parties have prepared their fifteen syndic candidates for the districts of Nicoya, Samara and Nosara to be elected to the municipality to fill the next term which, in this instance, will be six years.

According to what the candidates have said, they are willing to arrive at the municipality to supervise the budget, which for 2011 is around $5 million, and to assure that the money reaches the communities in an equitable way. Moreover, they want to put an end to the invisibility with which these elected servants have acted for their towns.

With these weapons (Ver TITULO), these fifteen candidates for syndic want to win your vote and thus cement their claims in the next six years in the city council. The majority have shown that far from wanting the weekly monetary allowance, what they want is to change the image that the figure of syndic has and get to work for the good of the communities.

They recognize that the canton’s road network has become a disaster and they blame the rulers and the syndics to a large degree, because they haven’t assumed a leading role. It’s normal to arrive at a municipal session and see that the syndics don’t raise their voice, despite the fact that the municipal code gives them the right to have a voice, but no vote.

Responsibilities of the Syndics
The syndics are responsible to their communities and are the ones who should participate in the preparation of the budget. Each week, they have to attend the municipal sessions; they receive an allowance per session of 12,500 colones ($25).

The 5th of December, voters will be able to choose between the candidates for mayor but at the same time, they’ll receive another ballot where they can select the syndics along with the district Councils.

The syndic and the four remaining members of the District Councils will be elected popularly simultaneously with the election of the municipal mayor on Sunday, December 5. They will assume their duties the first Monday of February, as designated by the Supreme Court of Elections. Something very important to know: as the vote is secret, the electors have total freedom to “break up” their vote, that is to say, they can vote for the mayor of one party and elect for syndic someone from another party.
The election of the Syndics will be done by relative majority. The one who obtains the greatest number of votes among the different candidates will be the winner.

The current tendency toward the consolidation of a more local than municipal regime, creates the need to develop these district figures as a way to reach greater participation from the citizens in the different facets of the canton’s development. This change will replace the concentration or centralization of the competition in the municipality.

Member of the District Council. All of the districts, regardless of the population, elect four councilors, in addition to the syndic. These meet once a month in the community school or in a community hall, or, in the worst cases, in the house of one of the councilors. They can create district projects and, through the syndic, send them to the Municipal Council to be voted on.

District Councils propose, recommend, inform and serve as liaison between the district and the Municipal Council.

Their functions are to propose before the Municipal Council the beneficiaries of scholarships for studying, housing and food assistance, and other state aid of a similar nature that the institutions make available to each district; to recommend to the Council the order of priority for executing public works; to propose to the Council the form in which to utilize other public resources; to issue recommendation about patent permits and community festivals; to foster participation of constituents in the decisions of the districts; to receive all complaints or denunciations, to their knowledge, about the illegality or arbitrariness of a material action, act, omission or inefficiency of public functionaries, transfer them to the corresponding public organ or entity and follow up on them until the final resolution, to inform the municipality weekly about the destination of the resources assigned to the district, as well as of the executive requests of the projects.


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Border Crossing
Calm at the Border inspite of conflict between Nicaragua and Costa Rica

As I prepared for a trip to Nicaragua, several of my Costa Rican friends expressed concern because of the current friction between the governments of the two countries. A couple people even suggested I go to Panama to renew my visa instead. The two countries have been in conflict since October 2010 regarding sovereignty of the river San Juan. More >

Tropical Storm Thomas
Damages Due to Rains Add Up and Increase Each Year

Adriana Sequeira and Jonathan Baltodano are among the 246 families that were affected by the last swell of the Río Nosara. On the evening of Friday, November 5th, the river forced them to take all their furniture out of their home. They had to spend the night out in the open, in their neighbor’s small ranchito. More >

Palí opened a new store in Samara
• Low prices and competition will impact local supermarkets

On November 12, the highly anticipated Palí opened its doors in Samara with a festive atmosphere. Many people went to check out the new store, and especially to check out the low prices. But not everyone is happy to have a big chain store like Palí in Samara. Some worry about the effect it might have on local supermarkets and pulperias (small local stores that sell the basics). More >

Earthquake Will Destroy Poor Quality Constructions in Nicoya Peninsula
• The Comisión Nacional de Emergencias accepts that most homes don’t meet Seismic Building Code standards

For a while now, scientists have been studying seismic activity and its potential in the Nicoya Peninsula, and the Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de Costa Rica (OVSICORI) has estimated that the next earthquake along the fault here could be between a magnitude of 7.7 and 7.9. But what would such a strong earthquake mean for people with homes in the Nicoya, Samara and Nosara areas? More >

Government Gives More Than $12,000 to Three Local Schools
• Funds for the Serapio López Elementary School were almost lost

Through Nicoya’s Municipalidad, the government granted over $12,000 to three local elementary schools to be used for purchasing construction materials. The schools that were favored are Santa Marta, Santa Teresita and Nosara’s Serapio López. More >

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